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Between the social and the selfish: learner autonomy in online environments

Lewis, Tim (2013). Between the social and the selfish: learner autonomy in online environments. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 7(3) pp. 198–212.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/17501229.2013.836202
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Abstract

This paper explores what it means to be an autonomous learner in an online social context. Using distinctions originally drawn by Jürgen Habermas, it argues that classic accounts of learner autonomy as teleological action are inadequate to explain learner activity in group settings. It points out that learners in such settings display attitudes and behaviours identified with human sociality (empathy, altruism, reciprocity, fairness and collaboration). It argues that, far from undermining the concept of learner autonomy, this leads to a fuller picture of what autonomy might mean, when taken to incorporate the concept of respect for the autonomy of others.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1750-1229
Keywords: autonomy; online; sociality; empathy; altruism; reciprocity
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 45593
Depositing User: Timothy Lewis
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 09:46
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2019 17:00
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45593
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